Acupuncture in the Treatment of Pain - 1st Edition

Acupuncture in the Treatment of Pain

1st Edition

An Integrative Approach

Editors: Marcus Backer Michael Hammes
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone


Acupuncture in the Treatment of Pain is aimed at both beginners and experienced practitioners who are treating patients with painful conditions. It provides an integrative approach using conventional and traditional Chinese Medicine in the treatment of pain with acupuncture. It is especially suited for conventionally (western) trained physicians, who are interested in complementary approaches and seek a guideline to judge the potentials and limits of acupuncture in the treatment of pain.

The book consists of two parts. The first part (chapter 2-8) gives the background for both traditional Chinese concepts to pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of pain and basics of the conventional, western approach to pain treatment. The second part (chapter 9-17) gives detailed information for the integrative treatment of all common painful conditions. For every single indication, conventional and traditional Chinese treatment options (including Chinese phytotherapy) are shown and the value of acupuncture, scientific data about its efficacy, and its possible mode of action (in western-physiological terms) are discussed.

For all readers this book offers a modern integrative approach, which is based on scientific data and the clinical experience of the authors that Western and Traditional Chinese medicine complement each other and can create synergistic effects.

Key Features

Attractive 2 colour design
Written by a team of experts in the field
Includes more than 175 2 colour illustrations
Integrates western and traditional Chinese medicine

Table of Contents

Part I: The basics

1 Introduction

2 Pain from the western scientific medicine perspective

2.1 Foundations
2.2 Diagnosis of chronic pain
2.3 General treatment guidelines for chronic pain
2.4 Conventional pain treatment
2.5 Western naturopathic approaches to pain treatment

3 Pain from the traditional Chinese medicine perspective

3.1 Basic characheristics of traditional Chinese medicine
3.2 Pathogenesis of pain
3.3 The concept of Bi obturation
3.4 Prevention

4 Diagnosis and differential diagnosis in TCM

4.1 Perspectives in the West and East
4.2 History taking
4.3 Special physical examination
4.4 Syndrome differentiation
4.5 Correlation between western disease categories and syndrome pattern
4.6 Significance of syndrome diagnosis in treatment

5 Guidelines for TCM treatment of pain

5.1 Formulating treatment principles (Zhize)
5.2 Treatment of the 'root' (Ben) and 'branches' (Biao)
5.3 Treatment options

6 Acupuncture

6.1 Definition
6.2 Neurobiological mechanisms of action
6.3 Indications
6.4 Contraindications
6.5 Undesired side-effects
6.6 Techniques and practical application
6.7 Treatment principles
6.8 Warming the acupoints: moxibustion
6.9 Related Techniques

7 Channels and important acupoints

7.1 Channels and acupoints
7.2 Acupoints from a western scientific point of view

8 Further treatment options in TCM

8.1 Chinese Herbal Medicine
8.2 Chinese Dietetics
8.3 Tuina
8.4 Qi Gong

PART II: Pain Syndromes

9 Head and face pain

9.1 General principles
9.2 Migraine
9.3 Tension-type headache
9.4 Analgesic-induced headache
9.5 Cervicogenic headache
9.6 Cluster headache
9.7 Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
9.8 trigeminal neuralgia
9.9 Atype facial pain
9.10 Sy


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About the Editor

Marcus Backer

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinic for Integrative Medicine and Naturopathy, Essen-Mitte Clinics, Essen, Germany

Michael Hammes

Affiliations and Expertise

Interdisciplinary Pain Clinic, Technical University Munich, Germany